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Summary for 1107 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0031 / Inv #

Historic Name: Harp, Franklin, House Common Name:
Style: Italian - Italian Renaissance Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1930
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This is an unusual house, whose ornamentation gives it a strong Italian feel. It was built in 1930 for Franklin H. Harp and his wife Katherine. Harp was an engineer and superintendent at the Best Universal Lock Company. The contractor was Albert H. Silver, but no architect is indicated on the building permit. The Harps remained in the house until 1939, and there were numerous owners and occupants in the following years. In the 1970s it was owned by Peter Donnelly, a prominent local theater director. In 1972 the interior was remodeled by the architect Robert M. Shields, but the exterior seems to be in its original state.
This house, squeezed onto a hillside lot, has a roughly octagonal shape—that of a rectangle with the corner flattened. It is clad with brick in shades of brown and tan, with a red clay tile roof. The extensive cast stone includes twisted ornament along the corners and shields flanking the entry and on the short walls. There is no porch, but a simple concrete stoop at the center of the east façade, with an arched doorway within a wide cast stone archway in a twist design. The entry is flanked by two narrow diamond-paned windows, two cast stone shields and two larger 9-light leaded glass windows with cast stone sills and arches above, with a sunrise pattern. Above the entry is a tall diamond-paned window with an arched top outlined in cast stone. At the base of the window is a very small Juliet balcony with a curved wrought iron balustrade; a large potted plant occupies the balcony. Flanking this large window are two pairs of smaller 6-light casements with arched tops and cast stone sills and lintels with brackets. The windows elsewhere are double-hung with diamond-paned upper sashes; they have concrete sills with a stylized leaf patterns. The water table is also cast stone, in a reed pattern. The north elevation, next to the hillside, has a three-sided hipped roof bay clad with stucco. The garage is on the basement level at the southeast corner.

Detail for 1107 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0031 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

Photo collection for 1107 7th AVE / Parcel ID 616990-0031 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 04, 2003
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